Friday, January 21, 2011

Ringling Minature Circus

The museum contains Howard Brothers Circus Model
The “largest miniature circus in the world” was created over a 50-year time span by master model builder and philanthropist Howard C. Tibbals of Tennessee and Florida.

the first thing we saw when we stepped in the door was this little train racing along the tracks pulling a circus train. before I could click my camera,  it went from daylight to nightfall. we found at intervals the whole circus cycles from day to night.


Minatures are 1/4 to a foot scale (this means tiny to me, not a clue what it really means)



Above the Circus Is Coming To Town... tomorrow The Town.

P.S. almost forgot the joke of the day.
How does a lion greet the other animals? "Pleased to eat you"
What happened when the lion ate the madsnapper comedian ? "he felt funny"

18 comments:

Stacey Dawn said...

chuckle chuckle.... cute jokes.
And wow... how fun to have the museum go from day to night like that... bet it really adds to the experience!!

Snapper II said...

Great blog. The circus is either in town here in savannah or it is coming soon. they've been advertising tickets on TV $18.00 per person. I would love to see the scale model of the town and all the model train. The scale 1/4 = 1 foot, That is 1/4 inch = 1 foot. I love the posters to. I remember when they used to paste them on walls around town.

LC said...

The detail on the miniatures blows me away! I had an enjoyable visit, clicking on your photos to enlarge them and see the people, animals and elaborate and rich ornamentation throughout.

George said...

This model is absolutely amazing -- the detail is both fantastic and beautiful. It was neat to see the circus come to town.

WhatKarenSees said...

Very fun photos, so colorful and interesting. This must have been a fascinating place to visit!

Scott said...

I can see why that would take 50 years if he was doing it all himself. Incredible detail. I thought you were going to say the lion felt like a vegetarian . . . eating all that corn.

Mama-Bug said...

How wonderful can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

S. Etole said...

Oh ... I like that! What fun it would be to see.

Ginny said...

LOVE,LOVE, LOVE!!!! I knew I would. I want you to post ALL the minature pictures! The caravan going down the street at night (2nd picture), it looks like a real street at nighttime! I would never have known. And I love those camels. My girls would love to get their hands on this and play with them!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandra, I love the miniatures. My ex and my sons all love miniature trains and cities and environment around the trains---so seeing a miniature of the circus would be fabulous... Just imagine how much work it would take to make those tiny things... AND --they are so detailed!!!! Wow.

Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kilauea Poetry said...

How intriguing!! So they do day and night with lights and all? That is tiny but the top trains are just small..not biddy right? Just too cool- I hear you making inside the lion..no wonder he feels funny!

Kilauea Poetry said...

that is "noise" inside the lion..so come look and tell me if my header looks like it's still taken through a cell phone? Now remember, it's suppose to be kind a blurry (was rainy and overcast) me-

Remington said...

HA HA HA! Good ones, my friend! HA HA HA! This circus thing is just AMAZING! I love it! Can't imagine what the circus life would have been like....

Chatty Crone said...

I knew they put it fast. but to see it amazing! sandie

Ann said...

Awesome miniature circus. I was worried there for a second, I didn't think you were going to throw in any jokes today...lol

SquirrelQueen said...

Love the corny jokes, thanks for the giggles.

The minature circus is spectactular, I can't even imagine the work that would have gone into building something like this. The details are amazing.

Tipper said...

Oh man your pictures are so good!! You can get better pics of minatures than I can of real life : ) I've enjoyed all the circus posts-and of course I loved every joke : )

srp said...

This reminds me of the Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The detail and the intricate layout. Amazing.